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HEADLINING VEGAS

Posted in Andy Milonakis, Animation, Big Fat Brain, Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel, New Media, Presidential, Press, Vegas with tags , , , , on April 17, 2008 by Rob Barnett

Thanks to the NAB and especially to Ashley Howell, Chris Marlowe, and Rochelle Winters for inviting us to present in Vegas yesterday. Thanks to Jon Healey from the LA Times for moderating – and to Harry Shearer & Andy Milonakis for making the trip.

We filled a room of about 350-400 humans and started by showing a few of our original videos.  Fun seeing hundreds LOL at YSAP – up on a huge megascreen – and cool to see a crowd feel the bass of music produced by Don Was.

Harry Shearer made news – announcing “THE ALPHAS” – a project he’s been developing for 10 years – and the most ambitious new work making its way to My Damn Channel.

“THE ALPHAS” is motion-capture animation of the highest quality (Beowulf) – done in the fastest turnaround ever achieved (less than 5 day production cycles). Here’s more:

Imagine seeing the best-known people in politics and the media, every week, in hilariously private situations.  Not actors in makeup, but what looks and sounds like the real President, candidates, anchors, and the rest. That’s the idea behind “The Alphas”, a revolutionary new concept in topical sketch comedy.  Written and performed by Harry Shearer, who’s notched more than two decades as a creator of topical satire on his weekly public radio broadcast, “Le Show”, along with two memorable seasons on “Saturday Night Live”, “The Alphas” includes no makeup, no celebrity cameos.  Instead, utlizing a trio of cutting-edge motion-capture technologies–harnessed for the first time to a “week-of-air” production schedule, “The Alphas” features startlingly realistic computer-animated versions of the movers, shakers and yakkers.  They’re not lifelike–thanks to the technology and Shearer’s performances, they’re alive.  And every week, they’re deftly and drolly revealed for all their pretensions, resentments, jealousies and anxieties–all the good stuff, online just days after production.

Here’s the first news coverage from the LA Times and the Digital Content Producer Magazine with thanks for the ‘ink’ & correction to Michael Goldman.

TRUSTING TALENT

Posted in Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel with tags , , , , on April 12, 2008 by Rob Barnett

If you’re in Vegas this week, or always looking for an excuse to go, My Damn Channel’s flesh & bones will be onstage at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) convention Wednesday, 4/16 at 2pm.

The NAB invited us to spend an hour talking about TRUSTING TALENT in a place called the “Content Theatre.”

Harry Shearer will be with us & we’re ‘trusting’ Andy Milonakis will show up. The session is going to be moderated by Jon Healey from the LA Times. We promised Jon we’re going to make some ‘news’ with an announcement that Harry and I will deliver Wednesday.

If ‘trusting talent’ is a radical idea that deserves to be dissected, then we’ll whip out the scalpel and slice away a bit more – here – this weekend.

 

 

 

WEBBY AWARDS SHOCKER

Posted in Big Fat Brain, David Wain, Donnie Hoyle, Found Objects, Harry Shearer, Katie Couric, My Damn Channel, Wainy Days, Waterboardin' USA, You Suck at Photoshop with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2008 by Rob Barnett

The NY Times calls the WEBBY AWARDS “the Oscars of the web.” 

Over 10,000 entries from over 60 countries & today’s WEBBY announcements blew us away today with 7 honors in all. 

4 nominations & 3 Honors. Only 5 others have more nominations.

Here’s the list: 

1. My Damn Channel (Honoree for Best Humor Site)

2. Harry Shearer – Found Objects / Katie Couric (Honoree for Best Viral Video)

3. Wainy Days – Episode 10 – The Future (Honoree for Best Indiv. Comedy Episode)

4. Wainy Days (Nominated for Best Comedy Series)

5. Big Fat Brain’s You Suck At Photoshop (Nominated for Best Comedy Series)

6. Big Fat Brain’s You Suck at Photoshop (Nominated for Best How-To / DIY Series)

7. Harry Shearer – “Waterboardin’, USA” (Nominated for Best Music Video)

Nominations are decided by judges….and by you – so please vote!

A bit of a bitch – but it only takes a minute – here’s how:

Click here – then register

Go to Online Film & Video

Find COMEDY LONG FORM OR SERIES (& vote for WAINY DAYS or YSAP)

Find MUSIC (& vote for HARRY SHEARER)

Find HOW-TO/DIY (& vote for YSAP) 

HARRY SHEARER ON BILL MAHER/HBO TONIGHT — COOLIO ON CRAIG FERGUSON/CBS TONIGHT

Posted in Coolio, Harry Shearer, My Damn Channel with tags , , , , , , on February 29, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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MY DAMN CHANNEL STRIKES AGAIN

Posted in Found Objects, Harry Shearer with tags , , , , , on February 26, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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Pictures worth a thousand words.

“Nicorette: It’s not just for liberals any more!” (thanks Al)

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – Who’s O’Reilly After All?

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(we still love Katie)

VIDEO PREMIERES WEEK OF 2/25

Posted in Andy Milonakis, Big Fat Brain, Coolio, Don Was, Donnie Hoyle, Found Objects, Harry Shearer, Horrible People, Katie Couric, My Damn Channel, New Series, Steve Kerper, Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music, You Suck at Photoshop with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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Monday 2/25:  

HORRIBLE PEOPLE – episode 3 – the evil soap opera continues

Tuesday 2/26: 

HARRY SHEARER’s FOUND OBJECTS – BILL O’REILLY  /  ANN COULTER  / KATIE COURIC.

(O’Reilly is too beautiful for words. Coulter has an ugly addiction.  We still love Katie.)

Wednesday 2/27:  COOKIN’ with COOLIO – episode 3

ANDY MILONAKIS presents ANDY MILONAKIS

Thursday 2/28: 

CARNIVAL of STUFF presents INVASION – episode 3

DON WAS presents NEW MUSIC from the LA SKA BAND, COMMON SENSE

Friday 2/29: 

BIG FAT BRAIN presents “YOU SUCK AT PHOTOSHOP” – episode 8  (it’s comin – it’s comin)

VIDEO PREMIERES THIS WEEK

Posted in A.D. Miles, Animation, Big Fat Brain, Coolio, Don Was, Donnie Hoyle, Harry Shearer, Horrible People, My Damn Channel, New Series, Steve Kerper, Wasmopolitan Cavalcade of Recorded Music, You Suck at Photoshop with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2008 by Rob Barnett

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A lot of video sites wish they could be YouTube. We don’t. We’re true to our plan to premiere at least one major video every day.

 Here’s a cheat sheet for the week ahead:   

Monday/President’s Day: 

HORRIBLE PEOPLE – episode 2 – our brand new evil soap opera continues

Tuesday: 

HARRY SHEARER’s FOUND OBJECTS – MIKE HUCKABEE – Caught on Tape

Wednesday: 

COOKIN’ WITH COOLIO – episode 2 – SHAKA ZULU!

Thursday: 

CARNIVAL of STUFF CHANNEL – INVASION – episode 2 – our damn animation….and…..more NEW music from DON WAS & THE WASMOPOLITAN CAVALCADE OF RECORDED MUSIC

Friday: 

BIG FAT BRAIN CHANNEL – YOU SUCK AT PHOTOSHOP – no….you really suck.